Are we really still talking about Wakefield's autism con?

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We seem to be living in the age of the con. In a time when facts, well, they don’t seem to matter very much, do they? We’ve moved... Read more

Autism’s history and future

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The history of autism, as you’ll learn from Steve Silberman’s excellent and important new book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism... Read more

New Jersey's vaccination loophole

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There was a time when parents lived in fear of contagious disease. Polio, measles, German measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, smallpox... Read more

Life, liberty, and the right to infect others with measles: Rand Paul on vaccination

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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky confirmed his membership in the “doctors who shouldn’t have gone into politics” club with his comments... Read more

Chris Christie, vaccinologist? Measles expert?

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is rightfully taking a drubbing this week for his comments about the measles vaccine and his claim that parents... Read more

Blaming moms for vaccine trends

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Across the country, worries about children’s vaccination rates have accelerated in light of outbreaks of measles and pertussis and the... Read more

Pertussis (whooping cough): Not just for kids

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An over-60 adult I know recently got a pertussis vaccine shot at a medical checkup. The next day, driving past my local pharmacy, I saw signs... Read more

Health warnings for travelers (chikungunya, anyone?)

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Returning to the United States last month I found some interesting public health information on the TV monitors at the United States Customs... Read more